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2012 television investigations

Program or issue name Station or licensee Description Outcome Report published
Days of Our Lives TVT

Inappropriate depiction of verbal abuse, domestic
violence and murder in PG classified program.

No Breach – Classification of other material – PG classification
BI 2920
20/12/2012
7:30 ABS

Political bias in interview with
Leader of the Opposition.

No Breach—Impartiality
BI 2872
17/12/2012
Catalyst ABN

Omission of information in
segment ‘Sitting is deadly’.

No Breach—Accuracy
BI 2884
14/12/2012
The Siege TVQ

Broadcast of movie offensive to Muslims.

No Breach – Cultural sensitivities; Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2885
4/12/2012
The Block GTV

Duty of care not exercised towards participants.

No Breach – Present participants in a highly demeaning or highly exploitative manner
BI 2876
28/11/2012
Ten News At Five TVQ

Inaccurate information about
electric vehicles. Complaints handling.

No Breach—Factual accuracy; Complaint-handling
BI 2852
23/11/2012
  Datacasting

Datacasting infotainment or
lifestyle programs.

Breach – Category A television programs
BI 2814
22/11/2012
Seven News HSV

Inaccurate reference to
Ned Kelly’s ‘descendants’.

Breach – Factual accuracy 
BI 2880
22/11/2012
Babe TV Live Datacasting

Sexualised content warranting an R18+
classification.

No Breach – Category A television programs and general conditions (classification)
BI 2901 
14/11/2012
Lateline ABQ

Bias in segment about BHP’s
Olympic Dam decision.

No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
BI 2866
9/11/2012
Media Watch ABV

Concealment of critical facts
resulted in misleading
presentation in segment about reportage of
Murray–Darling water use.

No Breach—Accuracy
BI 2853
8/11/2012
  ABQ

Partiality towards Israel and
bias against Palestinians by
failing to report Palestinian
prisoner hunger strike.

No Breach—Impartiality
BI 2857
8/11/2012
The Roast ABV

Inappropriate sexual references in PG-classified
program.

No Breach—Television Classifications - PG
BI 2905
8/11/2012
Channel Nine News NWS

Invasion of privacy in item about home birth.

Breach - Clauses 4.3.5 and 4.3.5.2 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2010
BI 2813
6/11/2012
Seven News HSV

Item about a product to combat obesity was an
‘advertorial’, unfair to other products and inaccurate.

No Breach – Distinguish paid material from other program material; Factual accuracy; Impartiality and fairness
BI 2849
29/10/2012
ABC News 24 ABT

Inaccuracy and pro-government spin in paraphrase of military officer’s
statement about Afghanistan
casualties.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
BI 2877
29/10/2012
The Project ATV

Unfair and inaccurate
comment about the One Nation Party.

No Breach – Fair representation of viewpoints; Fairness and impartiality in news
BI 2873
26/10/2012
ABC News ABQ

Biased reporting of proposed biomass plant.

No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
BI 2862
24/10/2012
Big Brother NBN

PG-classified program contained inappropriate
depictions of sexual abuse,
bullying and harassment.

No Breach - Classification of material (PG); Reality Television
BI 2875
24/10/2012
Globe Trekker HSV

Program contained provocative and sexual content that was inappropriate for a PG-classified program.

No Breach – Classification of material (PG)
BI 2886
24/10/2012
Fear Factor TEN

Participants made to participate in humiliating acts.

No Breach - Presenting participants in a reality television program in a highly demeaning or highly exploitative manner
BI 2850
19/10/2012
The Project ATV

Ridicule of Christian faith
in discussion of UFOs.

No Breach – Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2868
16/10/2012
Media Watch ABN

Segment on media coverage
of Lake Cathie environmental
study contained inaccuracies,
favoured one side of the debate, did not provide
opportunity to respond and was ageist.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Balance; Opportunity to respond; Stereotypes
BI 2837
4/10/2012
Media Watch ABN

Segment about a NZ-born TV
host implied that the presenter’s perspective
was the ABC’s editorial opinion, did not provide
opportunity to respond, used
vulgar language without justification and was racist.

No Breach—Impartiality; Opportunity to respond; Harm and offence; Stereotypes
BI 2838
4/10/2012
A Current Affair QTQ

Provocation of antagonistic
attitude towards the elderly in
segment about elderly drivers.

No Breach—Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2854
2/10/2012
ABC News 24 ABN

News item showed map
with Persian Gulf labelled as
‘Arabian Gulf’. Inadequate
correction.

No breach—Factual accuracy; Misleading factual content; Correction of errors
BI 2863
27/09/2012
Budget 2012 ABQ

No captions.

Breach—Captioning requirements
BI 2807
21/09/2012
Rage ABQ

Inappropriate coarse language and sexual activity
in G time zone.

No Breach—Television classifications (G)
BI 2869
21/09/2012
Media Watch ABN

Inaccuracies, no opportunity
to respond to allegations made and bias.

Breach—Standard 5.3 (Opportunity to respond to allegations) of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 No Breach—Standards 2.1, 2.2 and 4.1 (Factual inaccuracy and Impartiality) of the ABC Code of Practice 2011
BI 2730
17/09/2012
Media Watch ABC

Personal prejudice and bias in segment about reportage of
Murray–Darling water use.

No Breach—Impartiality; Balance
BI 2806
17/09/2012
  SBS

Quality of captions.

Breach - Captioning
BI 2764
21/08/2012
Seven News ATN

Inaccuracies and bias in report on a casino.

No Breach - Accuracy; Impartiality
BI 2802
17/08/2012
music video clips Subscription Broadcasting Television

Music video contained
Inappropriate depictions of
nudity and sexual themes.

No Breach - Classification of material (M)
BI 2842
17/08/2012
Lateline ABV

Segment ‘Obama endorses gay marriage’ biased
and misleading.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartial presentation; Not favour one perspective over another
BI 2847
16/08/2012
Sunday Night BTQ Program about the Suruwaha Amazon tribe was factually inaccurate and racially offensive. did not breach clause 4.3.1 of the Code in relation to the reference to ‘stone age’;
• did not breach clause 4.3.1 of the Code in relation to the references ‘lost tribe’ and ‘lost world’;
• breached clause 4.3.1 of the Code in relation to the statement ‘Here, we’re outside the protection of Brazilian law’;
• breached clause 4.3.1 of the Code in relation to the statements, ‘These lost tribes encourage the murder of disabled children’ and ‘The Suruwaha believe that children born with birth defects or born to a single mother are evil spirits and should be killed in the most gruesome way possible’;
• breached clause 1.9.6 of the Code; and
• in relation to the manner in which the Suruwaha tribe was depicted, the ACMA makes no finding in relation to the licensee’s compliance with clause 4.3.1
BI  2741
 6/08/2012
6.30 with George Negus TEN

Inaccurate claim about UN estimate of civilian deaths in
Sri Lanka conflict and complaints handling.

Breach - Factual accuracy; Complaints handling
BI 2762
2/08/2012
  ABQ

No captions.

Breach—Captioning requirements
BI 2799
31/07/2012
Big Brother - Promotion TCN

Promotion contained a sexual
gesture that was inappropriate during a PG classified program.

No Breach - Classification of G material
BI 2845
26/07/2012
Commercial for Lingerie SSW

Inappropriate depiction of adult themes in M time
zone material.

No Breach - Placement of M classified commercial
BI 2840
17/07/2012
Advertisement for erectile dysfunction treatment NEN

Inappropriate placement of
commercial within a G-classified program.

No Breach - Compliance requirements; Classification and placement of commercials; Commercials in G programs between 7.00pm and 8.30pm
BI 2827
13/07/2012
Lateline ABN

Inaccuracies and bias in report on Sri Lanka.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality
BI 2821
12/07/2012
NBN News NBN

Inaccurate and biased news item about Urunga
Bypass.

Breach - Accuracy, fairness and impartiality
BI 2789
10/07/2012
The Celebrity Apprentice Australia GTV

Program an extended
advertisement for
Yellow Brick Road.

No Breach – Distinction between paid material and other program material
BI 2819
10/07/2012
ABC News 24 ABW

Fabrication, pro-Israeli bias,
omission, images of violence
and racism towards Muslims
in program promotion using
footage of Golan Heights border incident.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Balance, sensitivity, stereotypes
BI 2788
6/07/2012
Today Tonight CBN

Blanket shaming of disability
pensioners.

No Breach - Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2794
5/07/2012
A Current Affair QTQ

Segment contained
Inaccuracies and used covert
recordings.

Breach—Accurate broadcast of factual material (clause 4.3.1 of the Free TV Code) No breach—Licence condition at pgph 7(1)(h) of Schedule 2 of the BSA (using the broadcasting service in the commission of an offence)
BI 2734
4/07/2012
Today Tonight HSV

Segment contained factual
inaccuracies and presented material liable to create
panic regarding the Muslim
community.

Breach – clause 4.3.1 No breach – clauses 4.3.1; 4.3.2; and 4.3.10
BI 2742
4/07/2012
Raw Comedy 2011 ABN

Comments made were offensive, and demeaning of people with a disability.

No Breach—Unjustified harm or offence; Stereotypes and discrimination
BI 2784
29/06/2012
The Footy Show GTV

Depictions promoting illegal drug use.

No Breach – Classification of M material
BI 2816
22/06/2012
The Block QTQ

Inappropriate language
at the PG classification.

No Breach—Classification of PG material
BI 2820
22/06/2012
13 Tzameti SBS

Inappropriate depictions
of violence and suicide
in an M-classified program.

No Breach - Suicide Breach - Violence; Classification categories; Consumer advice
BI 2797
19/06/2012
You're Skitting Me ABV

Inappropriate sexual
themes in a G-classified
program.

No breach—Television classifications (G)
BI 2808
13/06/2012
The Hamster Wheel ABC

Inappropriate language
in a program classified
MA15+.

No Breach—Harm and offence
BI 2810
13/06/2012
Sunday Night BTQ

Distressing report on
suicide. Complaints handling
issue.

No Breach—Reports of suicide; Distress to viewers/provide warnings; Telephone advice
BI 2796
8/06/2012
The Celebrity Apprentice Australia GTV

Final episode was continuous
advertisement for Yellow
Brick Road.
Complaints-handling
issue.

Breach – Effort to resolve complaint No Breach – Time limits on non-program matter
BI 2747
7/06/2012
Good Christian Bitches ATN

Program promotions
ridiculed Christian women and contained inappropriate language.

Breach - Restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods No Breach - Provoke or perpetuate intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule; Restrictions in G or PG programs at 8:30pm
BI 2758
6/06/2012
It's a Knockout ATV

Advertising material not distinguished from program content. No response to
complaint.

No Breach – Presentation of broadcast material; Promotion of products or services in programs directed to children; Complaint-handling
BI 2782
1/06/2012
7:30 ABV

Bias in interview.

No Breach—Impartiality
BI 2805
1/06/2012
Beaconsfield NBN

Inappropriate language
at the M classification.

No Breach - Classification of material (M)
BI 2809
31/05/2012
Today Tonight ATN

Segment about Australian New Muslim Association contained factual inaccuracies.

No Breach - Factual accuracy
BI 2736
28/05/2012
Channel Nine News GTV

Wrong and unfair implications. Complaints-handling issue.

Breach – Respond to referred complaint No Breach – Accuracy, fair representation of viewpoint
BI 2786
28/05/2012
A Current Affair GTV

Factual inaccuracies, unfair identification of a person and use of personal material
in segment about
Centrelink fraudsters.

Breach – Privacy; Privacy of a child; Unfair identification No Breach – Accuracy
BI 2719
25/05/2012
Today Tonight ATN

Provocation of hatred of asylum seekers; lives of asylum seekers put at risk by unpixelated footage.

No Breach - Intense dislike; Privacy
BI 2711
24/05/2012
The Bolt Report TEN

Inaccuracies about
climate change. Complaints-handling issue.

No Breach - Factual accuracy; Complaints handling
BI 2709
23/05/2012
A Current Affair TCN

Inaccuracies and use
of personal photos and
film in segment ‘Wicked
Stepmother’.

No Breach - Factual accuracy; Privacy
BI 2725
21/05/2012
Today Tonight SAS

The use of the term ‘welfare gravy train’ is inaccurate and vilifies Australian Indigenous
people and children.

No Breach - Cultural sensitivities; Dislike, contempt or ridicule; Factual accuracy
BI 2729
21/05/2012
Tropic Thunder ADS

Inappropriate depictions
of violence, drug use and coarse language and sexual references at the M classification.

Breach - Modification of MA15+ films
BI 2771
18/05/2012
ABC News ABW

Graphic footage of asylum-seeker death.

No Breach—Harm or offence; Sensitivity, distress to relatives and cultural practices
BI 2795
18/05/2012
ABC News ABV

Broadcasting kidnappers’ demand video may lead to
dangerous imitation or
serious threats to safety
and welfare.

No Breach—Dangerous imitation
BI 2767
8/05/2012

The right to acquire AFL
matches.

Subscription Broadcasting Television No Breach - clause 10(1)(e) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 BI 2779 7/05/2012
Behind the News Extra ABC

Program about genetically modified food was inaccurate,
misleading and
unbalanced.

No Breach—Factual accuracy; Correction of significant errors; Impartiality; Representing perspectives
BI 2672
4/05/2012
When Harry met Sally NBN

No captions provided.

No Breach - Captioning requirements
BI 2775
4/05/2012
Kaeloo ABV

Inappropriate depictions
of violence in a G-classified program.

No Breach—Television classifications (G)
BI 2777
24/04/2012
2 Broke Girls GTV

Inappropriate language
and sexual references at
the PG classification.

No Breach – Classification of material (PG)
BI 2778
24/04/2012
Test Cricket TCN

Opening sequence and
classic catches segment
contain tobacco  advertisement.

No Breach - Tobacco advertising
BI 2726
20/04/2012
ABC News 24 ABD

Inaccurate information and bias in report on lead-up to Russian presidential elections.

No Breach—Factual accuracy; Impartiality
BI 2783
20/04/2012
NRL First Preliminary Final TCN

Paid political advertisement
broadcast without required particulars during rugby league commentary.
Complaints-handling issue.

Breach - Effort to resolve complaint No Breach - Political matter No Breach - Distinction between advertisements and program material No Breach - Distinction between paid material and other program material
BI 2686
19/04/2012
Sunday Roast NBN

Promotion of politics in
sports segment.

No Breach – Dislike, contempt or ridicule; Classification of material 
BI 2695
19/04/2012
Chiko SBS

Inappropriate coarse
language, violence and
drug use in a program
classified MA15+.

No Breach - Classification guidelines (MAV15+); Complaints handling
BI 2772
19/04/2012
Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta SBS

Derogatory term used.

No Breach - Prejudice, racism and discrimination
BI 2792
19/04/2012
Seven News NEN

No captions.

Breach - Captioning requirements
BI 2756
17/04/2012
Good Christian Bitches CBN

Program promotions
ridiculed Christian
women.

No Breach - Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2765
12/04/2012
Jandamarra's War ABW

Inaccurate statements.

No Breach—Accuracy; Discrimination
BI 2669
11/04/2012
Today QTQ

Photograph of Santa
Claus smoking a
cigarette contravened
government ban on
tobacco advertising.

No Breach—Tobacco advertising
BI 2732
10/04/2012
Dateline SBS

Program promotion
insulted and denigrated
the Christian religion.

No Breach - Religion
BI 2743
10/04/2012
Australian Open ATN

Term ‘mental case’
was offensive and
disparaging.

No Breach - Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2791
10/04/2012
Australia's Got Amazing Talent HSV

Inappropriate language
at the PG classification.
Complaints-handling
issue.

No Breach – Classification of material (PG language); Complaint-handling
BI 2769
4/04/2012
Black Music: An American (R)evolution SBS

Inappropriate coarse
language and violence in
a PG classification time
zone.

No Breach - Time zones
BI 2768
3/04/2012
Today Tonight SAS

Omission of important
information and
contempt for disability
pensioners in segments
about welfare recipients.

No Breach - Dislike or contempt, Factual accuracy
BI 2780
3/04/2012
Rage ABW

Inappropriate depictions
of alcohol and tobacco
use in a G-classified
program.

No Breach—Television classifications (G); Harm and offence (dangerous imitation and threats to health); Children and young people (managing risks of exposure to ABC content); Children and young people (minimise risk of exposure to unsuitable content)
BI 2757
2/04/2012
Today Tonight HSV

Incitement of hatred
and panic in a story
focused on the Muslim
community.

No Breach – Dislike, contempt or ridicule; Factual accuracy; Public panic; Gratuitous emphasis
BI 2703
29/03/2012
Sunrise ATN

The program conveyed
inaccurate and
damaging statements
about a company.

No Breach - Factual accuracy; Unfair identification
BI 2728
28/03/2012
Being Human ADS

Classification of program
promotion.

Breach - Program promotions: Display of classification symbols No Breach - Program promotions: Restrictions in PG programs in certain time periods
BI 2774
28/03/2012
Tim Minchin vs The Sydney Symphony Orchestra ABV

Program content incited
prejudice against
Catholics.

No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
BI 2749
27/03/2012
Channel Seven News SAS

Tobacco advertising.

Breach - Tobacco advertising
BI 2472
23/03/2012
60 Minutes WIN

Complaints-handling
issue.

Breach - Effort to resolve complaint
BI 2625
22/03/2012
Tim Minchin vs The Sydney Symphony Orchestra ABN

Program content was tasteless and offensive to the Muslim community.

No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
BI 2748
22/03/2012
Test Cricket TCN

Broadcast contained
racist comments.

No Breach - Serious contempt on grounds of national origin
BI 2760
15/03/2012
All 4 Adventure MGV32

The All 4 Adventure
program broadcast on
10 November 2011
contained advertising
material.

Breach – Broadcasting advertisements
BI 2710
9/03/2012
V NWS

Inappropriate violence
for the M classification.

No Breach - Classification of material
BI 2770
9/03/2012
The Mentalist NBN

Quality of captions.

No Breach - Captioning requirements
BI 2737
2/03/2012
The Thick of It ABW

Inappropriate coarse
language for the M
classification.

No Breach—Language
BI 2752
2/03/2012
60 Minutes TCN

Regard to feelings of relatives, provide warning, accuracy and viewpoints.

Breach - Regard to feelings of relatives; No warning No Breach - Accuracy
BI 2623
1/03/2012
The Slap ABV

Inappropriate depictions of sex and coarse language for the M classification and
discriminatory content.

No Breach—Language; Sex; Harm and offence
BI 2739
24/02/2012
ABC News 24 ABV

ABC News 24 channel
promotion politically
biased.

No Breach—Impartiality
BI 2727
23/02/2012
Channel Nine News WIN

Biased reportage of pay increase for Federal politicians.

No Breach - Impartiality
BI 2746
23/02/2012
Two & Half Men GTV

Quality of captions.

Breach – Captioning
BI 2689
20/02/2012
The Slap ABV

Inappropriate depictions of sex, drug use and themes for the M classification.

No Breach—Inappropriate depictions of sex, drug use and themes
BI 2738
10/02/2012
Judith Lucy's spiritual journey ABN

Child participants exposed to obscene language.

No Breach—Harm or offence; Dignity and welfare of children and young people
BI 2673
9/02/2012
Martin Morning ABV

Depiction of dangerous
imitable behaviour in a
G-classified program.

No Breach—Dangerous imitation; Manage and minimise risks for children and young people
BI 2718
9/02/2012
Channel Nine News STW

Biased reportage and
creation of public panic
about carbon tax.

No Breach - Present news fairly and impartially; Create public panic
BI 2690
6/02/2012
The Night Watch ABQ

Inappropriate nudity for
the M classification.

No Breach—Sex; Nudity; Harm and offence
BI 2735
6/02/2012
7:30 ABN

Vilification and stereotyping of
Christians in satirical skit.

No Breach—Stereotypes or discriminatory content
BI 2722
1/02/2012
A Current Affair GTV

Report on gypsies contained factual inaccuracies and incited hatred.

No Breach – Accuracy; Gratuitous emphasis on ethnic origin and race; Dislike, contempt or ridicule
BI 2701
30/01/2012
Today Tonight ATN

Distress caused to witness by reporter’s questioning in segment about a fatal house fire.

No Breach - Exercising sensitivity
BI 2721
25/01/2012
Prime Local News NEN

Quality of captions.

Breach - Captioning requirements
BI 2612
24/01/2012
The Gruen Transfer ABV

Message on panellist’s
t-shirt offensive.

No Breach—Harm or offence; Stereotypes or discriminatory content
BI 2698
24/01/2012
Channel Nine News GTV

Program contained
factual inaccuracies.

No Breach – Factual accuracy
BI 2720
24/01/2012
The Hamster Wheel ABN

Stereotyping and
discriminatory content.

No Breach—Stereotypes or discriminatory content
BI 2723
24/01/2012
Four Corners ABV

Program lacked balance.

No Breach—Balance will be sought
BI 2694
23/01/2012
Channel Nine News TCN

Present news item fairly
and impartially.

No Breach - Present news fairly and impartially
BI 2707
20/01/2012
Q & A ABC

Offensive coarse
language.

No Breach—Language
BI 2724
20/01/2012
Channel Seven News ATN

News item deliberately
misrepresented Sydney
Council, disregarded the
sensitivities of Australian
Aborigines and was
biased.

No Breach - Cultural sensitivities; Intense dislike; Fair representation of viewpoints; Fairness and impartiality in news
BI 2650
17/01/2012
The Song of Lunch ABC

M-classified program
broadcast in PG time
zone.

No Breach—Classification time zone
BI 2715
16/01/2012
Lateline ABV

Program conveyed
prejudice, was factually
incorrect, was not
balanced and was not
impartial.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Unduly favour one perspective over another
BI 2638
5/01/2012
Four Corners ABC

Program about the Sri
Lankan civil war was
factually incorrect, and
was not balanced or
impartial.

No Breach—Accuracy; Impartiality; Unduly favour one perspective over another
BI 2644
5/01/2012
ABC News ABC Television

Prejudiced comments
against Germans.

No Breach—Stereotypes or discriminatory content
BI 2680
5/01/2012
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